You've heard of CBD tinctures, candies, vaporizers, hemp-infused pain cream--probably even CBD tea and coffee-- but how about CBD as the latest natural skincare trend? That's right, CBD is popping up in beauty creams, skin treatments, makeup, and bath bombs alike. Even massive luxury retailers likeSephora and Neiman Marcus have jumped on the hemp-wagon. Why? Research has uncovered multiple ways that CBD may benefit the skin when applied topically, even perhaps in the face of chronic conditions like psoriasis. Research also suggests that CBD may have certain moisture-balancing, inflammation-relieving attributes that make it a secret weapon in many people's skincare routines. Don't take it from us, though, here are the facts:
We know that CBD interacts with the body through the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), but taking a deeper look at the ECS helps us understand why the recent aim is on skincare. Aside from regulating many key processes, like sleep, emotion, and even temperature, the Endocannabinoid System is also responsible for things like sebum production, proliferation and growth of skin cells, hormone production within the hair follicle, and more. Even more, the ECS is a main contributor to the body's immune system, and it sends and receives signals of inflammation and pain between the receptor site and the brain. According toone article published in 2009, the Endocannabinoid Systems' main physiological function is to maintain balance within the skin cells. A disruption to this delicate balance could instigate many uncomfortable topical conditions, like acne, psoriasis, allergic dermatitis, hair growth disorders, and more. In many cases, CBD may be the key to achieving balance when the ECS is out of line, which is why it may be useful for an ever-growing list of skincare concerns.
CBD, especially the legal kind, is usually derived from hemp. Hemp oil, generally extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, is often the first choice for a carrier oil when adding CBD to skincare products. Unlike manynatural oils that cause blocked pores and breakouts, hemp oil is non-comedogenic. That means it doesn't clog pores, trap dirt, or cause an outbreak of pesky pimples. Hemp oil may be the perfect carrier oil for CBD because it distributes that cannabinoid while still leaving room for the skin to breathe. It also containsomega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, essential fats that help block the breakdown of collagen, offers their own anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and may even help reduce signs of aging.
Among the mass of research, you can find lots of information about CBD’s heavily touted anti-inflammatory effects. Through the Endocannabinoid System, CBD is able to block signals of inflammation, which could make it a hot commodity in the event of a sudden breakout, rash, or otherwise inflamed skin injury. Because inflammation is often a precursor to pain, CBD may also be able to help reduce soreness and sensitivity from these skin conditions as well. Inflammation is one of the core responses of the immune system in the skin, so it makes sense to say that CBD could play a role in controlling multiple different uncomfortable skin conditions. Plus, reducing inflammation often means reducing the reddened appearance of rashes, sores, or even acne, which makes it a win-win for beauty-related uses.
Its anti-inflammatory effects may be useful for red bumps and breakouts, but what if CBD could fight acne at its source? Maybe it can. Certainstudies have identified cannabidiol as “ant-sebostatic” meaning it can block the overproduction of sebum within the skin’s cells. Too much sebum, the name for the oil naturally created by the skin, is often the main cause of acne breakouts. That’s right, CBD could be a problem-solver for those with oily skin and may even help control acne breakouts. What’s best? It may do so without drying your skin out. CBD supports the endocannabinoid system in creating balance within the sebum glands. That means it may help stop overproduction, but won’t deplete your skin of its oil source. This is unlike many drugstore products for oily skin that generally work by drying your face out, leaving a whole different problem to solve.
When you combine all of the great skin benefits that CBD brings to the table, you quickly find that it may even have skin-healing benefits that extend to those dealing with a chronic condition. Because of the way that CBD help fight inflammation and pain, it may be a great topical choice for managing uncomfortable conditions like psoriasis. That’s not all though, as studies have shown that CBD may actuallyinhibit keratinocyte proliferation, or the fast-paced growth of new skin cells—the main cause of psoriasis. Another study shows that CBD may be useful in thetreatment of pruritus, a condition causing extreme (and often untreatable) itching of the skin. Cannabinoids may also play a part in conditions likeallergic contact dermatitis and some evidence suggests that CBD may be helpful for calming allergy responses all together, which may be useful for skin care purposes.
CBD has multiple wonderful benefits when used internally and externally, so it’s no wonder why so many people are looking to try CBD for themselves. Luckily, your options are plentiful if you’re looking to add CBD to your skincare routine. There are a variety of lotions, creams, balms, even face masks, that make it an easy feat to benefit from the hemp-derived cannabinoid. Many products work for all skin types, too, so they offer a great place to start for new users. Here are some CBD skincare products that may work for you:
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